Monday, March 12, 2018

Tears for Mina and other Leo Moss Dolls at Auction

In this 22-minute video, "Tears for Mina"-- Leo Moss Dolls at Auction, Florence Theriault, provides a preview of this upcoming auction of dolls made by the 19th century doll maker, a black man, who was a handyman by trade.  The auction includes 14 Leo Moss dolls from the collection of doll collector, historian, and author Myla Perkins.  Perkins is the noted author of the following two black-doll reference books:

  • Black Dolls an Identification and Value Guide 1820 to 1991 (Collector Books 1993)* 
  • Black Dolls an Identification and Value Guide Book II (Collector Books 1995)

The Moss dolls on auction are featured in Perkins' books.

Other exquisite antique dolls by different doll makers, furniture, and accessories are also included in the "Tears for Mina" auction.  These other items can be seen in Parts 1, 2, and 3 of "Tears for Mina" YouTube videos.

The live auction takes place on March 17-18, 2018:
Marquis Antique Doll Auction
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort
Near Naples, Florida.

See the catalog of Moss dolls and their opening or current bids here.
Prebidding can be done online now but Proxibid registration is required.  Register with Proxibid here.

*Read my review of Perkins' first book, which was the first post on this blog back in 2008, here.

For more insight into who Leo Moss was, read my four-part blog post, Through the Eyes of Leo Moss:  His Story His Dolls.


The realized prices for all dolls and doll furnishings in the "Tears for Mina" auction can be seen at the link.  There are 12 pages of results.  (Mina, the doll that introduced Leo Moss dolls to the doll community, sold for a whopping $30,000!) 

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